About Sara Gallop
Sara is an International Dressage Rider and Trainer, training with Olympic Gold medallists Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin CBE.
Sara started riding when she was two years old and was lucky enough to be born into a very horsey family with her mother, Helen Gallop (BHSI), a keen Advanced Event Rider and her Grandmother, Sheila Weston, founder of Summerhouse and Grandfather, John Gallop, a keen huntsman with the Berkeley Vale. Sara sister, Rachel competes Internationally in Show Jumping at Grand Prix level also.
As a child, Sara had great fun getting involved in all Pony Club activities, competing as part of the PC Area Dressage, jumping and eventing teams on her 2 superstar ponies, Summerhouse Irish, whom competed at Sansaw Park and Summerhouse Coconut, who went on to gain a place on the British Pony Eventing Team. Sara was fortunate to grow up at the ever growing Summerhouse Equestrian, a family owned business, located in a picturesque part of Gloucestershire in England and one that prides itself as the home of equine excellence. The centre has an extensive offering which is enjoyed by aspiring and elite riders from around the country and internationally. Set up in 1978 by Sheila and John Weston, now run by Helen and Sara.
With Helen competing successfully at 2* British Eventing level, Sara was always by her side and followed in her footsteps taking part in the Pony Club area eventing team competitions and then moving onto horses when Helen’s career took a turn to pure show jumping. During her time at school, Sara worked and trained for her BHS exams and BS course designer qualifications at Summerhouse, as well as training and competing a number of young horses in both jumping and dressage competitions, under the instruction of a number of renowned trainers such as Claire Sansom, Rowland Fernyhough and Pammy Hutton.
In 2006, a good friend of Sara’s convinced her to purchase a young, very special dressage horse called ‘Don Diego’ as a 4 year old. Diego went on to win the National Shearwater 5 year old championship title in 2007 and the dressage bug took over – Sara is now an International Dressage Rider and Trainer, holding multiple National and Regional Titles. Has Represented Great Britain on numerous occasions over the years, receiving her Senior Team Flag in 2019 for the Nations Cup series with her own Stallion, Bandreo. Sara has trained numerous horses up to Grand Prix level and has an exciting selection of horses in training for the future.
Sara has represented Great Britain at many International Small, Middle and Big Tour competitions including numerous wins at High Profile & Premier League shows. She was also a member of the British Team for 4 Nations Cups in 2019.
High Profile & Premier League Achievement:
– Selected for HOYS Int1 Freestyle 2016
– Winner of the Int2 at Bury Farm High Profile & Myerscough Premier League 2017
– Winner of the Vale View High Profile & Hartpury Premier League Grand Prix 2017
– Winner of the Myerscough Premier League Grand Prix 2018
– Winner of the Hickstead PL Grand Prix Special 2018
– Selected for Keysoe, Hartpury, Hickstead, Le Mans & Saumur CDI3* 2016 & 2017
– Selected for Le Mans, Keysoe, Hartpury, Hickstead, Fritzens, Saumur, Nice & Roosendaal CDI3* 2018.
– Qualified and competed for Great Britain at the World Breeding Championships 2018
– Winner of the Middle Tour CDI2* at Hickstead & Saumur CDI2* 2018
– Member of the British Team for the Nations Cup in Uggerhalne, Denmark 2019
– Member of the British Team, achieving Bronze in the Nations Cup in Geesteren, Netherlands 2019
– Member of the British Team, achieving Silver in the Nations Cup at Hickstead CDIO 2019
“I feel so fortunate to be based at Summerhouse with its fantastic facilities & amazing support team. Providing an amazing base for my clients to come and train and be involved in this amazing journey. Everyone’s support is invaluable, but my biggest thank you must go to my mother, who has been so supportive over the years, it has been a pleasure to work and build our business together, her support has been overwhelming. Thank you” – Sara Gallop